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Riga CS Host
It is Agnese holding her beloved dog Suarez.
I drew this picture in Riga, capital of Latvia. My CS Host in Riga is a family of 3, mum Agnese, dad Uldis, daughter Angelika and pomeranian Suarez.
Agnese had studied in cookery school for 3 years and worked in kitchen after her graduation.
She said, ‘Working in kitchen is hard. I have to cook a pot of potatoes and lift up all by myself. It weighs 15 kg with water and potatoes! I hurt my waist and quit the job after 3 years working in kitchen. I work in a clinic as paperwork assistant now.’
Agnese still loves cooking. I always have home-made meals in Riga and I am so happy. I love Agnese’s special fruit wine stains. They are small with winey reddish and a sweet & sour taste, yummy! And the home-made yellow curry with chicken AND CHEESE, absolutely delicious.
Uldis works in factory. He handles heavy machine and works day/night shift. It’s a pity that we don’t have much time to talk.
Angelika is a 15-years-old teenage girl. Youth always is a sentimental period. We didn’t talk much.
The lovely pomeranian Suarez is always energetic. It can tongue out+stand+shake hand+roll+jump and Agnese loves it so much. I love it too. Suarez never disturb me at night like those cats in Stockholm so I have a good sleep in Riga❤
I study the travel schedule of Riga from Hong Thai travel service and I have one day for Riga old town, one day for Rundale Palace and one day picking mushroom with Agnese!
The tourist attractions are certainly beautiful but going outing with local host always impressed me most. Picking mushroom in the woods is my favorite activity in Riga compare to all the tourist spots!
I have seen mushrooms when I was hiking in Hong Kong but I can’t distinguish poison/eatable mushroom. I am so happy that I have an opportunity to pick mushrooms in European woods and with professional guides!
Agnese and Uldis would have a walk in the woods every Sunday. They would jog if there are no mushrooms. It takes around 20 minutes by car from home to the woods.
The woods is absolutely beautiful. Green fir point straight to the blue sky. Thick moss on ground with different colors like white, green, red and yellow. There is mud under the thick moss and it’s a soft lose sense when I step on it. It was raining when we enter the woods. Sun comes out when rain stops and the air is so fresh. Spirits fills the bodies inside the woods. Mushrooms are the souvenirs from the nature.
Agnese and Uldis knew how to distinguish poison/eatable mushroom because they went into woods with grand-parents when they were kids. Poison mushrooms are big as a hand with bright attractive color like orange and yellow. Poison mushrooms looks SO DELICIOUS!
The eatable mushrooms we are looking for are small as a half size hand and in grey-brownish color. We just pick the ‘umbrella’ part and leave the stipe because it is mostly eaten by worms already. We don’t pick mushrooms as big as a hand because they are too mature and mostly eaten by worms.
We walks slow to pick mushrooms. It is a beach in the edge of the woods. I am surprise by a total different view from green woods to blue sea and white cloud. We just stop for a while on the beach because the sea wind are very strong.
There are a couple of middle age men and women in the woods picking mushrooms that day. Latvians are still keeping the connection with the nature, that so gooooooooooooooooooood!
We pick 2 bags of wild mushrooms that day. We sort, wash, cook and pack the mushrooms at home and made 6 bottles of stained mushrooms for winter. Agnese said they can finish one bottle of stained mushrooms for one day so the mushrooms we picked today probably would be eaten before this winter. Sometimes they can make up to 100 bottles of stained mushrooms if there is a good harvest. It all depends on the nature in term of wild mushrooms picking.
I have tasted the stained mushrooms which Agnese made but they are too salty for me. I found the most simple ‘mushrooms in boiling water’ is the best. For me, tasteless is the best taste :）
Old Town is in Riga downtown and it’s one of the tourist’s attractions. It was mid-autumn day and there are open-air market selling farm products, ice cream, hot food, bread, knitwear…etc with live performance.
Rundale Palace is a tourist attraction and I visited there. That is a lovely little palace. The royal garden is opened for visitors and it is beautifully managed.
I look thought the info of Rundale Palace when I back in Hong Kong and surprisingly find out that there is a ‘travel back into time’ service in Rundale Palace. People who have an appointment can dress up as classic palace ladies/gentlemen or holding a wedding or throwing a palace ball in Rundale Palace. It’s a pity that I don’t have enough time to make an appointment and it definitely will be my excuse to visit Riga again next time ０V０
Ceremonija（translate: ceremony）Classical clothing rental service：http://ceremonija.lv/en/home/
Rundale Palace official website：http://rundale.net/en/